What is a monotype?

A form of planographic printing, the monotype involves drawing in paint or ink onto the smooth surface of a plate or sheet of glass. The image is then transferred onto paper by pressing the two together.

As its name suggests, monotyping produces only one unique print, most of the ink or paint removed from the surface after the first run. Subsequent impressions, generally fainter, are called ghost prints. For examples of monotypes see Matias Faldbakken’s series Hilux Variations, 2014, Cabelo’s series Untitled, 2015, or Ida Applebroog's Untitled, 2003.

Read also What Is A Monotype?—Edgar Degas at MoMA.

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